WordPress Upgrade

August 22, 2008 Leave a comment

I recently upgraded to the lastest WordPress 2.6.1 (From 2.5). One thing that I have to say is when the upgrade is complete, it may appear that you can’t login to WordPress. Don’t go requesting a new password. Instead, clear out your browser cookies and try again.

The instructions recommend clearing cookies before attempting to log back in. I myself reset the password about 5 times before I actually read the detailed instructions on what to do aftewards. I hope this helps somewhere.

Dell Disables the Stereo Mix

July 10, 2008 1 comment

I have seen multiple reports of Dell disabling the stereo mix option or the wave option for recording. People who are attempting to record Skype conversations and such are finding that it will not work.

The reason it has been disabled apparently is because the RIAA has requested it to be disabled to prevent piracy and Dell has programmed their drivers to do so. I personally don’t agree to these terms and I won’t get into how disappointed I am with Dell.

Anyway, the link below will lead you to a resolution to the problem. I personally don’t have a Dell system so I can’t verify the functionality of the fix.

http://www.ekhoury.com/2006/08/25/sigmatel-stereo-mix-support-for-dells/

Twitter WordPress Setup (with RSS)

March 18, 2008 3 comments

Twitter

It took me a while to sort of figure out how to put a twitter feed on the blog. Basically I was running myself in loops in the wrong direction so to put it in, this is how you do it…

1) Log into WordPress. When you get in, go into your ‘Presentation’ tab and select Widgets.

2) Insert the ‘RSS 1’ widget and configure it for the RSS feed of your twitter. (You can find the RSS feed on the bottom of your twitter page).

3) Save the widget and the RSS of your twitter should show up in your wordpress.

This sort of tutorial would have saved me an hour or so of setup. I hope it helps someone out.

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Macbook Air

January 17, 2008 1 comment

I went to MacWorld 2008 yesterday (Wednesday). This was my first time at any Mac event so it was an interesting experience.
First off, I did get the chance to handle the MacBook Air and I am not too impressed with it, and here are my thoughts.

1) There are no firewire ports.
2) There is no Network Plug.
3) The battery is built in.
4) The missing optical drive is just not cool.

I think it’s important to have some firewire ports for certain reasons. First, since the hard drive is obviously built in with no easy access to it, having the MacBook Air will make data recovery situations virtually impossible. I have worked in the data recovery business and I think not having any easy / exclusive access to the hard drive is a bad idea. Also, it eliminates remote reinstallation of the OS through firewire which again I think is a bad idea. I think that having a firewire port for failsafe type operations is extremely important in case things go south with the Notebook.

Not having a network plus I think is something bad waiting to happen. For example, software installation relies on the Wireless card. What if the wireless card goes sour? You would not only be looking at a notebook that would be internet-less but also a laptop that can not have software installed on it. That would suck if the laptop is out of warranty, you just purchased your new Adobe Suite and the card burns out. Bad combo. With laptop network connectivity, you should always have 2 ways of getting into the laptop.

The battery being built in is just bad. There have been many people who have experienced the issue where the laptop freezes and the power button does not work. Detaching the laptop battery and reattaching it gives the laptop a good cold reboot to resolve the issue. Since the battery is built in, how are you gonna do a hardware reset if the laptop has a little glitch. Not good.

The missing optical drive is just a way of apple saying, “Our product is cool, especially without an optical drive”. Sure they have the remote installation of software using a different computer, but that’s just a jenky way of getting around it. Apple tries to make having a missing optical drive look cool but fail miserably. What if you want to burn a CD? What if a client has all their reports on a CD? Especially with the price tag attached to this laptop.

I wish I had more than a few hours to explore all the booths in great detail, but we did have to skim through both the South Hall and the West Hall. Either way, I look forward to next year and dedicating more time into the Expo.

Format a Word Without Typing A Document

November 21, 2007 Leave a comment

Have you ever wanted to format your Word Document before you start writing up the document itself? There’s a quick and easy way to have Microsoft Word type up a ‘dummy’ document for you so you can get the formatting done correctly.

First, Open up Word.
(This works in any MS Office 97 and above program).

In Word, have it open a blank document if it hasn’t done so already.

Type in ‘=rand(8,10)’ (without the quotes), then hit enter.

Word will type up random sentences according to the input.
The first number (‘8′), indicates how many paragraphs you want to make.
The second number (’10’) indicates how many sentences you want in each paragraph.

So… for example, if you want to make a document with 9 paragraphs and 4 sentences in each paragraph, you would use this command…

=rand(9,4)

Whether you are writing a newspaper style document or just writing a report, it’s sometimes easier document formatted before you begin. It may not be Word’s most powerful feature. However it can be a useful one if you don’t want to spend all that time formatting a document after it’s completed trying to make a deadline.

Click the link below to see an example of the process.

Format MS Word Without Typing A Document

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Outlook crashes with an ntdll.dll

August 10, 2007 3 comments

Thanks to Dan for posting a fix to the Outlook crashes that many people have been experiencing. It all turned out to be Cloudmark ..here’s the fix.

In Vista, go to C:\Users\[Profile Name]\AppData\Local\ and rename the Cloudmark folder to Cloudmark.bad.

In XP, go to C:\Documents and Settings\[Profile Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Cloudmark and rename the Cloudmark folder to Cloudmark.bad.

Then start up Outlook and you’re good to go. You do not need to uninstall or reinstall Cloudmark.

UPDATE:

In order to preserve your whitelist settings, you’ll want to copy 2 files over from the old directory to the new directory.

1. Close Outlook.
2. Copy the files cdol_firstunblock.dat and cdol_whitelist.dat from your old \Cloudmark.bad\SpamNet directory to your new \Cloudmark\SpamNet directory.
3. Restart Outlook.

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Gain control of those “Access Denied” folders

March 13, 2007 6 comments

This is a short guide to help gain ownership of a folder that give you those annoying “Access denied” messages on your own system. This will reassign the ownership of the blocked folder giving you complete access to whatever you want, giving control back to you!

This guide was developed because even though I had administrator rights, I couldn’t get access to certain folders. It was really annoying because I owned this system and Windows would not even let me access certain folders on my own system giving me an “access denied” message.

This guide will also help you gain access to other people’s folders on your own system (such as My Documents or even profiles).

This guide is meant for Windows XP Systems. I’m not sure about the result or steps with Vista.

1) Log on to the computer with an account that is setup as an Administrator. If you are using XP Home, you must boot into safe mode, and then log on to an account that has Admin access in order to access the security tab.

2) If you are using xp pro, the first thing you must do is disable Simple File Sharing. In a folder menu, click Tools, then Folder Options.

3) In the “View” tab, scroll down until you see “Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended)”. Turn that off. Then close the “Folder Options” window.

4) Right-click the folder that you want to take control of, and then click Properties. You should see 4 tabs that say “general”, “sharing”, “Security”, and “Customize”. Click the Security tab.

5) Next, click the “Advanced” tab, and then click the Owner tab.

6) In the user list, click the user name or you want have access to the folder, or click Administrator if you are logged in as the Administrator. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder you originally selected, click the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

7) Next, click OK, and then select Yes when you receive the message:

“You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?”

Click “Yes”. This will transfer ownership of the folder over to whomever you selected.

Click the link below to see an example of the process.

Gain Control Of Those ‘Access Denied’ Folders